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  • 20100122
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has agreed to provide Pakistan with unmanned spy drones, granting a longstanding request as it seeks new ways to persuade a key ally to do more to fight militant groups within its borders

    Defense officials said Washington would provide Pakistan with 12 unarmed Shadow aircraft. While the Shadow drones do not have missile capabilities to strike the targets they observe, they nonetheless represent an advancement in the growing U.S. military relationship with Pakistan.

    Shadows, with a 14 foot wingspan, are smaller than Predators. But they...

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  • 20100104
    Thiruvananthapuram: Indian defence scientists are readying a weapons system to neutralise enemy satellites operating in low-earth orbit, a top defence scientist said here on Sunday.

    "India is putting together building blocks of technology that could be used to neutralise enemy satellites," Defence Research and Development Organisation Director General V K Saraswat told reporters on the sidelines of the 97th Indian Science Congress.

    However, he added that the defence scientists have not planned any tests but have started planning such technology which could be used...

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  • 20100104
    NEW DELHI: It’s finally time for defence minister A K Antony to decide whether he wants to let Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO)’s time and cost overruns persist or initiate the long-delayed process of transforming it into an organisation capable of delivering cutting-edge weapon systems to the armed forces.

    Antony will later this month get the final roadmap for DRDO’s restructuring as proposed by the P Rama Rao panel and subsequently vetted by a high-level committee led by defence secretary Pradeep Kumar.

    “After several meetings, the defence secretary...

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  • 20100104
    TIRUCHI: The launch of India’s next moon mission, Chandrayaan-II, will be in the first quarter of 2013 as per schedule, its project head said here on Sunday.

    The project is shaping up as per schedule, Mylswamy Annadurai, project director, Chandrayaan-I and II of the Indian Space Research Organization, told reporters.

    Chandrayaan II, the second lunar mission, a four-year project under Indo-Russian collaboration, is being executed by ISRO after the success of Chandrayaan I.

    The designs of the rover and orbiter for the mission have been finalized and the fabrication...

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  • 20100103
    NEW DELHI: The government plans to set up a shipyard to produce large-sized vessels under public-private partnership with an investment of Rs 3,000-4,000 crore, in lieu of the Hindustan Shipyard going to the Defence ministry.

    "The government will set up another shipyard, most likely on the east coast (of the country) under the the PPP mode to make VLCC and other large vessels ... the total investment will be at Rs 3,000-4,000 crore," a senior government official said.

    This will be the only facility in the country after Pipavav shipyard to produce huge vessels such...

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  • 20100102
    BY: The Telegraph

    The government has authorised an outright purchase of 145 ultra-light howitzers from the US, a highly-placed defence ministry source said today.
    The ultra-light howitzers are for the mountain artillery divisions of the Indian Army to be used in high-altitude frontiers opposite Pakistan and China. They can be transported slung from some helicopters.
    The defence acquisitions committee has decided to take the foreign military sales route. Foreign military sales is a US programme of government-to-government sales of military hardware bypassing a lengthy system...

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  • 20100102
    BY :DNA INDIA
    The hunt for India’s first astronauts — ‘vyomanauts’ in a desi tweak — has begun. Two of the four selected vyomanauts (vyoma means ‘space’ or ‘sky’ in Sanskrit) will finally go on India’s first manned space mission scheduled to lift off in 2015.
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is laying down criteria for short-listing 200 Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilots, from whom four will be selected for the space mission, director-general of medical services, IAF, Air Marshal P Madhusoodanan told DNA.
    While two vyomanauts will finally go on the space mission,...

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  • 20091231
    tanagar, Dec. 30: The air force will take possession of vast swathes of land at Mechuka in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh for the construction of an advanced landing ground.

    Sources in the state’s land allotment department today said the state government yesterday asked it to allot 50,965 hectares at Mechuka for the construction of one of the proposed eight advanced landing grounds (ALGs) in the state for landing and take-off of Indian Air Force planes in case of emergency.

    The West Siang district administration will issue a notification for the lease of 50,965 hectares...

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  • 20091231
    Moscow: Russian naval shipyard Yantar has begun the process of installing weapons on the first of three stealth frigates, INS Teg, being constructed by it for India at a Kaliningrad-based naval shipyard under a $1.6 billion deal signed in 2007. The Krivak-class stealth frigate 'INS Teg' was 'floated out' by the yard recently.



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    "Two torpedo units are being installed on the Teg frigate, which was launched on November 27. The works are on schedule. The Teg has been armed with a BrahMos supersonic anti-ship missile battery," Sergei Mikhailov, a spokesman...

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  • 20091230
    BY : The Telegraph

    The Indian Navy has invited five global makers of combat planes, including the US-led F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, to participate in a competition for deck-based aircraft that it wants to buy.Deck-based aircraft for navies have special requirements — like foldable wings because of limited space in carriers and ability for short/vertical take-off and landing.
    India’s biggest military hardware supplier, Russia, which was asked for information on the Sukhoi-33, has opted out of the race saying it is phasing out the plane, a navy source told The Telegraph But Russia...

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  • 20091230
    BY :PTI

    India and Russia are to invest USD 600 million to set up a joint venture (JV) to produce a medium lift transport aircraft for their armed forces.

    While Bangalore based state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will fork out USD 300 million, Russia’s United Aircraft Cooperation (UAC) will invest a similar amount for the joint venture which will start rolling out the aircraft by 2017.

    Voice of Russia radio said the joint venture coming up with fifty-fifty equity would develop the aircraft at Aviastar-SP plant based in Ulyanovsk city on Volga.

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  • 20091229
    BY : PTI
    The Indian Air Force will complete flight test evaluation for the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) by April next year, Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Naik said.
    “We will complete flight test evaluation for these aircraft by April…the report would then be sent to the government,” the Air Chief told PTI.
    The IAF has been holding trials for its USD 10-billion Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft tenders in which US’ Boeing and Lockheed Martin, French D’Assault, Swedish SAAB, European consortium EADS and Russian MiG are contenders.
    “The evaluation report would be discussed...

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  • 20091229
    BY :Expressbuzz
    The second phase development of BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (BATL) now hinges on a State Government promise to find the necessary land by March 31.“Last week, the government held a meeting and assured that necessary land will be found for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) by March 31. We hope everything will go smoothly,’’ BATL CEO and managing director and DRDO chief controller (R&D) Dr A. Sivathanu Pillai said on the sidelines of a function here on Saturday.For launching the second phase of the cruise missile programme, BATL had identified 7.15 acres...

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  • 20091226
    BY : intellasia

    Raytheon Company has received Foreign Military Sales contract awards totaling $1.1 billion to fund new production of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Taiwan. The awards include ground-system hardware through an initial contract valued at $965.6 million and an initial spares contract valued at $134.4 million.
    “The Patriot system is a vital element to providing superior integrated air and missile defense capabilities for the protection of Taiwan,” said Daniel L. Smith, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). “Raytheon has...

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  • 20091226
    BY : presstv
    Seventy-three Saudi soldiers have been killed, 470 wounded and 26 are missing since fighting broke out in November between Saudi forces and Yemeni rebels, a Saudi minister said Tuesday. “The confrontation on the southern border” has resulted in “73 martyrs and 26 missing” soldiers, said Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan in comments broadcast on television from a media conference in Al-Khoba in the southern Jizan province.
    “We believe that 12 of (the missing soldiers) were killed, while we do not know about the fate of the other 14,” Prince Khaled said....

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  • 20091226
    DETROIT: A Nigerian man with reported links to Al-Qaeda tried to blow up a US airliner with a new type of explosive device on Friday before being tackled by passengers in what officials said was an attempted Christmas Day terror attack
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  • 20091225
    BY : RIA Novosti
    A new-generation Tu strategic bomber will be developed by 2017, Russian aircraft maker Tupolev said on Wednesday.
    Company President Alexander Bobryshev told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin the research on the new aircraft project should be completed by 2012, while production-line assembly should start in 2020 to 2025.
    However, Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, commander of Russia’s strategic aviation said on Tuesday a new strategic bomber, which will use stealth technology, is expected to enter service in 2025-2030
    He said the stealth technology will make “the...

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  • 20091225
    BY :LENTA.RU
    Russia’s fifth-generation fighter a promising frontline aviation aircraft complex (PAK FA) conduced its first jogging at the airfield of Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO). It is reported by Interfax, citing a source in the aviation industry. When it was held rollout of the aircraft and began his test was not specified.
    After the rollout pilot started the engines and the plane started moving on the runway. During jogging PAK FA several times carried inhibition. Results produced two jogging. the test was observed only by employees of KnAAPO. As expected...

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  • 20091225
    The government on Thursday transferred state-owned Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) from the shipping to the defence ministry to meet the country’s security needs. Sources said that the move is aimed at creating capabilities for the navy to indigenously construct nuclear submarines. The Cabinet also approved the setting up of a new shipyard of international standard.

    “The government has approved transfer of HSL, Visakhapatnam, to ministry of defence for meeting the national security requirements of building strategic vessels for Indian Navy,” information and broadcasting minister Ambika...

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  • 20091222
    BY : AVIATION WEEK

    Russia’s big An-124-100 Ruslan freighter appears closer to a new lease on life, provided promised funding and commitments are forthcoming.
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently approved a plan to restart production of an upgraded An-124 version at the Aviastar-SP plant in Ulyanovsk, under the responsibility of United Aircraft Corp. (UAC). Known as the An-124-500, it would feature a glass cockpit for four crewmembers and enhancements to the aircraft’s Motor Sich D18-T powerplant that would boost range and payload and double the aircraft’s operating life to...

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  • 20091222
    BY : Raytheon Company PR
    A U.S. Air Force F-15C fired Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder advanced, infrared-guided air-to-air missile as part of the missile’s developmental testing program. The weapon successfully guided and passed within lethal range of a BQM-74 target drone, meeting all primary test objectives.
    The Nov. 20 test occurred at the U.S. Air Force’s Eglin Air Force Base test range and marks the second time the missile has been fired.
    “The AIM-9X Block II will give the warfighter an unparalleled advantage,” said Capt. Jeffrey Penfield, the U.S....

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  • 20091222
    BY : TNN
    India and Israel will hold a joint working group (JWG) meeting on defence on Tuesday to review ongoing cooperation in military R&D projects, counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing as well as chalk out new areas for collaboration.
    The JWG will be co-chaired by the director-general of Israeli defence ministry Brigadier-General (retd) Pinchas Buchris and defence secretary Pradeep Kumar, said officials.
    Buchris also has meetings lined up with defence minister A K Antony, national securityadvisor M K Narayanan, Army chief General Deepak Kapoor, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal...

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  • 20091221
    MOSCOW: NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday asked Russia to supply helicopters for the conflict in Afghanistan, after talks aimed at ending Moscow's rift with the transatlantic alliance.

    Rasmussen asked Moscow to help NATO efforts in Afghanistan with helicopters and training, as he made the first trip by a NATO chief to Russia since last year's Georgia crisis plunged relations into a Cold War-style chill.

    'Today I have invited Russia to strengthen Russia's terms of cooperation in Afghanistan,' the NATO secretary general told reporters in the Kremlin...

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  • 20091220
    By Stephen Trimble


    A senior US Air Force official says that insurgents did not compromise the military's intelligence system by tapping into video feeds transmitted by Predator unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to ground troops.
    Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, says the hacked videos resulted in no "significant impacts" on operations and tactics.
    During an interview this morning with Flightglobal.com, Deptula also challenged a reporter for describing the Predator's intelligence data as "compromised"...

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  • 20091218
    BY :Economictimes
    Boeing has tied up with four Indian firms to source electronic equipment to meet a part of the offsets obligations as part of its sale of eight P8-I multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA) to the Indian Navy.
    Boeing is on schedule to meet its deadline for supplying the aircraft to India by 2013, Vivek Lall, vice president and country head for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), was quoted as telling India Strategic defence magazine.
    The company will meet its commitments in terms of timeline and offsets obligations, he added.
    Boeing had recently signed agreements...

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  • 20091218
    BY : Flight Global

    India has cancelled a request for proposals for six medium-range maritime patrol aircraft that it planned to operate in tandem with eight Boeing P-8Is it bought earlier in 2009.
    “The defence ministry and the navy had asked for the proposals, but they withdrew the tender a few months ago,” says an industry source close to the ministry. “There is no indication of when a fresh tender will be issued, although it appears as though this procurement has gone down in the navy’s list of priorities.”
    New Delhi had been assessing medium-range aircraft to replace the...

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  • 20091218
    The Indian Navy’s prestigious Project 28, the programme to build four of the world’s stealthiest anti-submarine corvettes, is on track to become even more cutting edge. By the end of this month, three international shipbuilders will be bidding to provide Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) with the technology to build a major part of the corvettes — the entire superstructure — with lightweight composites.
    By making the superstructure, which is the upper part of the ship that rests on the hull, of lighter composite material, the 2,500-tonne warships will become lighter,...

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  • 20091218
    BY : THE HINDU

    Eurofighter, one of the six contenders for the multibillion-dollar tender for 126 medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA), offers a cutting-edge technology without the End User Monitoring clause, German ambassador Thomas Matussek has said.
    “It is really a next generation plane and it will be in service for the next 30 to 40 years,” he told The Hindu. “It also comes without any End User Verification, complete transfer of technology and production.”
    End User Monitoring, which created a political controversy earlier...

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  • 20091218
    BY :Hindustantimes
    The price of aircraft carrier Gorshkov has been finally settled at US $2.3 billion.
    Notwithstanding some bitterness, the Indian side finally agreed to pay this price after being told by the Prime Minister’s Office that the high level of friendship with Russia has to be maintained and an agreement had to be worked out, preferably before Manmohan Singh left for Moscow Dec 6.
    That was indeed done on the morning of Dec 4, Navy Day, with a visiting Russian delegation, according to the latest issue of India Strategic defence magazine. Defence ministry officials refused...

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  • 20091218
    BY :Economictimes
    Boeing has tied up with four Indian firms to source electronic equipment to meet a part of the offsets obligations as part of its sale of eight P8-I multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA) to the Indian Navy.
    Boeing is on schedule to meet its deadline for supplying the aircraft to India by 2013, Vivek Lall, vice president and country head for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), was quoted as telling India Strategic defence magazine.
    The company will meet its commitments in terms of timeline and offsets obligations, he added.
    Boeing had recently...

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  • 20091218
    NEW DELHI: India urgently needs a General No.1 or a chief of defence staff (CDS) as well as concrete long-term strategic planning. Lame excuses by the government or the defence ministry (MoD) in these critical matters will simply not do any longer.
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    This, in essence, is the judgment of the parliamentary standing committee on defence, in its latest reports tabled in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, which tear into the government for...

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  • 20091216
    Washington: The US Air Force on Tuesday confirmed for the first time that it is flying a stealth unmanned aircraft known as the "Beast of Kandahar," a drone spotted in photos and shrouded in secrecy.

    The RQ-170 Sentinel is being developed by Lockheed Martin and is designed "to provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward deployed combat forces," the air force said in a brief statement.

    The "RQ" prefix for the aircraft indicates an unarmed drone, unlike the "MQ" designation used for Predator and...

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